DUKES of CLASSICS
DUKES OF SEPTEMBER RHYTHM REVUE It’s a busman’s holiday for the Dukes — Donald Fagen of Steely Dan (left), Boz Scaggs (right), and Michael McDonald — as they reunite to jam on some of their collective favorites. The three amigos’ last outing included covers of everyone from the Beach Boys to the Grateful Dead as well as classics from their own repertoires.
Aug. 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $45.75-$125.75. Citi Wang Theatre. 800-447-7400, www.telecharge.com
POP & ROCK
UKE SPRINGSTEEN “Born to Run” played on a ukulele? It can be done. Warm up for next week’s mammoth stadium shows by the genuine article with this miniaturized, club version of the Boss as Uke boils down the anthems to their four-stringed essence.Aug. 9,
8 p.m. Tickets: $5. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND The New Jersey legend and his merry band return to the ballyard for two shows as the “Wrecking Ball” tour continues apace. He tore it up in March at the TD Garden, and we expect the summer air to rev things up even more. Aug. 14 and 15, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $75-$103. Fenway Park. www.etix.com
LINKIN PARK & INCUBUS The simpatico California rockers, both touring behind new albums, team up to bring their respective hard rock/rap/funk/reggae hybrids to Mansfield. MUTEMATH handles the warm-up duties. Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$105. Comcast Center. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY
LYLE LOVETT The man with the skyscraper hair makes a return visit to this lovely summertime outdoor venue, this time in a slimmed-down version — forsaking his Large Band for the crack assemblage of players he’s dubbed his Acoustic Group. Regardless, he’ll still offer a jazz/swing/country/blues travelogue through his off-kilter, one-of-a-kind songs. Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $46. Boarding House Park, Lowell. 978-275-1829. www.lowellsummermusic.org
LYNETTE AND THE LONGSHOTS Lynette Lenker has been a fixture on the Boston rockabilly scene for years, leaning to its hillbilly side via a couple of versions of the Stumbleweeds, and before that, the Country Bumpkins. Now she’s back, and Saturday night you can see her debut with her new band, the Longshots.
Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $7. Midway Café, Jamaica Plain. 617-524-9038, www.midwaycafe.com
GRETCHEN WILSON Wilson is an object lesson in the fickle ways of the mainstream country music industry. With the out-of-nowhere success of her debut in 2004, she was all over country radio and opening for Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith on their summer stadium tours. Now you’ll find Wilson at places like Indian Ranch, which may be a fraction of the size of those stadiums but still cater to a modern honky-tonk sound like hers. Aug. 12, 2 p.m. Tickets: $36.50-$49. Indian Ranch, Webster. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
JUNIOR TOOTS Reggae royalty comes to town next Wednesday with this son of Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, legendary frontman of one of the architects of classic reggae, Toots and the Maytals. Junior will be headlining a full evening of reggae at the Milky Way. Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. The Milky Way Lounge,
Jamaica Plain. 617-524-3740, www.milkywayjp.com
JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET
CHRISTIAN SCOTT The New Orleans native, Grammy nominee, and nephew of renowned alto saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr.
is making a name for himself with his eloquent trumpet and moody, cinematic take on contemporary jazz. Aug. 10, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullers
SHIRIM KLEZMER ORCHESTRA These masters of rollicking and plaintive “Yiddish jazz,” led by clarinetist Glenn Dickson, have performed all over the world and collaborated with the likes of Woody Allen, Sidney Lumet, and Maurice Sendak. Aug. 11, 7 p.m. Tickets: $18-$20. Maudslay Arts Center, 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. 978-499-0050, www.maudslayartscenter.org
LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS Raucous slide guitarist, singer, and songwriter Lil’ Ed Williams and his high-octane band — guitarist Mike Garrett, bassist James “Pookie” Young, and drummer Kelly Littleton — reliably rock the house in true Chicago style.Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com
THE DR. SEUSS PROJECT This unique, kid-friendly band — guitarist Max Light, cellist Aristides Rivas, tenor saxophonist Travis Bliss, pianist Paul Bloom, bassist Connor Schulze, and drummer Austin McMahon — puts music to the words, characters, settings, and plots of the beloved children's author. Aug. 12, 2 p.m. Tickets: $6-$12. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org
Friday in the Shed, Pinchas Zukerman serves as both conductor and violin soloist, leading the BSO in an all-Bach program. Saturday, Stéphane Denève leads the premiere of Andre Previn’s “Music for Boston” alongside the Elgar Cello Concerto with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist. And Sunday, Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the podium, with the pianist Paul Lewis making his BSO debut in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. Meanwhile at Ozawa Hall, the annual Festival of Contemporary Music, directed this year by Oliver Knussen, begins Thursday and runs through Aug. 13. Lenox, 617-266-1200, www.tangle
CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The multi-venue festival, which runs through most of August, presents the Jupiter String Quartet in Wellfleet (Friday) and the Borromeo Quartet in Yarmouth (Sunday). 508-247-9400, www.capecod chambermusic.org.
BOSTON CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY Steven Copes (violin), Marcus Thompson (viola), Ronald Thomas (cello), and Randall Hodgkinson (piano) perform music by Satie, Faure, and Debussy. Aug. 11. Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, 617-349-0086, www.bostonchambermusic.org.